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«New York vil bli Amerikas første store by til å overholde to muslimske helligdager ved å legge dem inn i skolens feriekalender», sa borgermester Bill de Blasio. Dette var et av hans valgløfter fra 2013.

Mr. de Blasio, a Democrat who has pledged a more tolerant and inclusive city, described the policy that begins in the coming school year as a simple “matter of fairness.” But the announcement was all the more striking for its timing, as Muslim-Americans face fresh scrutiny in the wake of terrorist attacks in Europe and new violence in the Middle East.

Enkelte skoler vil gå enda lenger i sin toleranse, men stanses av trusler:

In January, Duke University abruptly canceled plans to start broadcasting the Muslim call to prayer from the school’s chapel bell tower after threats of violence.

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New Yorks borgermester Bill de Blasio kan ikke få islamisert skolene fort nok

Muslimske aktivister, som i åresvis har jobbet for å fremme slike saker, sier at borgermester de Blasios uttalelse var en signifikant seier. 

 “When these holidays are recognized, it’s a sign that Muslims have a role in the political and social fabric of America,” said Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy group.

Seks skoler i Amerka har allerede innført feriedager på de viktigste muslimske helligdagene og mange fler noterer dem på skolekalenderen og gir elevene fri hvis de ber om det.

Etter en lokal kampanje fra muslimske pressgrupper bestemte en skole seg for å fjerne alle betegnelsene på skolens feriedager, inkludert jul. Det likte ikke de muslimske aktivistene.

“It felt like they were going to do anything they could to prevent adding the Eid holiday,” said Zainab Chaudry, who was a leader of the Equality for Eid coalition there.

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Mer populær blant New Yorks muslimer enn blant politifolk.

Multikulturelle de Blasio avslutter ofte sine pressekonferanser med et sammendrag på spansk, avsluttet slik:

“I will now talk about the Eid holidays in Spanish,” he said. “Only in New York, brothers and sisters.”

New York Times